Afro-Latinos/Latinas

by xazu20 | created - 24 Jan 2012 | updated - 03 Feb 2018 | Public

People in entertainment who are racially identified as black (at least 1/4) of Hispanic/Latino origin and their nationalities in random order.

1. Zoe Saldana

Actress | Guardians of the Galaxy

Zoe Saldana was born on June 19, 1978 in Passaic, New Jersey, to Asalia Nazario and Aridio Saldaña. Her father was Dominican and her mother is Puerto Rican. She was raised in Queens, New York. When she was 10 years old, she and her family moved to the Dominican Republic, where they would live for ...

Dominican & Puerto Rican

2. La La Anthony

Actress | Power

La La Anthony is an actress and producer, known for her roles in Think Like a Man (2012) and Think Like a Man Too (2014), in which she starred alongside Kevin Hart and Taraji P. Henson, Spike Lee's Chi-Raq (2015), and television shows Unforgettable on A&E with Poppy Montgomery and Starz' hit show ...

Puerto Rican

3. Tatyana Ali

Actress | The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

On January 24, 1979, Tatyana Marisol Ali was born to Sonia, who was a nurse from Panama, and Sheriff Ali, a retired police officer from Trinidad. At the age of four she started singing and got a taste of fame when she begged her mother to take her to an audition for Sesame Street (1969).

She went on...

Half Afro-Panamanian

4. Matt Cedeño

Actor | Power

Matt Cedeño was born on November 14, 1973 in Moses Lake, Washington, USA. He is an actor, known for Power (2014), Z Nation (2014) and Devious Maids (2013). He has been married to Erica Franco since July 31, 2009. They have one child.

Half Afro-Cuban

5. Christina Milian

Actress | Be Cool

Christina was born on September 26, 1981 in Jersey City. At the age of 19, Milian signed a contract with Def Jam. In 2001, Milian released her self-titled debut album, which featured the singles "AM to PM" and "When You Look at Me"; "AM to PM" charted within the Top 40 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100...

Cuban

6. Celia Cruz

Soundtrack | Carlito's Way

Celia Cruz was born on October 21, 1925 in Havana, Cuba as Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso. She was married to Pedro Knight. She died on July 16, 2003 in Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA.

Cuban

7. Melissa De Sousa

Actress | Miss Congeniality

Melissa De Sousa was born in New York City and raised in Brooklyn and Queens. Both of her parents are from Colon, Panama. Melissa started dancing at a young age and was accepted into the renowned High School of Performing Arts in NYC where she was as a ballet major. Dancers were also required to ...

Panamanian

8. Dania Ramirez

Actress | X-Men: The Last Stand

Dania is a Latin American actress born in the Dominican Republic. She grew up, living with her grandmother, in a poor household. Her parents left for the United States, when she was 6-months old, and she finally joined them in New York when she was age 10.

She knew from a young age that she wanted ...

Dominican

9. Rosie Perez

Actress | White Men Can't Jump

Rosie Perez was born in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York City to Lydia Perez and Ismael Serrano, a merchant marine. She is of Puerto Rican descent. Rosie attended Grover Cleveland High School located in Ridgewood, Queens, New York, and later enrolled at Los Angeles City College in Los Angeles, ...

Puerto Rican

10. Faizon Love

Actor | Friday

Faizon Love was born on June 14, 1968 in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba as Langston Faizon Santisima. He is an actor and writer, known for Friday (1995), Elf (2003) and The Replacements (2000).

Cuban

11. Rosario Dawson

Actress | Rent

This stunning and resourceful actress has been primarily a film player thus far. Only recently has she been opening herself up more to doing television (the series Gemini Division (2008), which she executive-produced), and animated voice-overs. Dawson's powerhouse talent stands out the most in edgy...

1/4 Afro-Cuban

12. Nona Gaye

Actress | Ali

It was inevitable that Nona Gaye would become a singer - she is the granddaughter of Cuban jazz great Slim Gaillard, the niece of R&B singer/songwriter Frankie Gaye and the daughter of soul legend Marvin Gaye. Signed to Third/Stone Atlantic at 14, Nona released "Love for the Future" in 1992, which ...

Part Afro-Cuban

13. Soledad O'Brien

Actress | Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Soledad O'Brien is the anchor for CNN morning show Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien and special correspondent for CNN/U.S. Since joining the network in 2003, O'Brien has reported breaking news from around the globe and has produced award-winning, record-breaking and critically acclaimed ...

Half Afro-Cuban

14. Sammy Sosa

Self | Hard Ball

Sammy Sosa, who grew up in the slums of the Dominican Republic, has quickly emerged as one of the most beloved athletes in baseball. During the 1998 season, Sosa was right behind Mark McGwire for the record owned by Roger Maris of 61 home runs. Unfortunately, Sosa only led in home runs for just ...

Dominican

15. Luna Lauren Velez

Actress | Dexter

Born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, New York among eight siblings, including her twin sister Lorraine, Lauren Velez dreamed of becoming an actress ever since she played a groundhog in a school play in second grade. Immediately following high school, she received a scholarship from the Alvin Ailey...

Puerto Rican

16. Gina Torres

Actress | Serenity

Gina was born in New York City and is youngest of three children in a close-knit Cuban American family. Attended New York City's High School of Music and Art She is a gifted mezzo soprano and was trained in opera and jazz and also sang in a gospel choir.

Cuban

17. Seal

Soundtrack | Batman Forever

Seal was born on February 19, 1963 in Paddington, London, England as Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adelo Samuel. He was previously married to Heidi Klum.

Half Afro-Brazillian

18. Laz Alonso

Actor | Avatar

Chosen as one of Variety's "Top Ten Actors to Watch" and part of the new breed of leading men in Hollywood, Laz Alonso is starring in Amazon Prime's series THE BOYS. He can also be seen playing opposite Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba in their new series LA'S FINEST. He previously starred opposite...

Cuban

19. Merlin Santana

Actor | Showtime

Originally from New York, both of Merlin's parents were from the Dominican Republic. His mother pushed for a career in show business to keep him out of trouble and off the mean streets. He began as an advertising model for a fast-food chain at the age of 3. He first began getting noticed as Stanley...

Dominican

20. Lateef Crowder

Actor | Tekken

Lateef Crowder was born on November 23, 1977 in San Jose, California, USA as Lateef Crowder Dos Santos. He is known for his work on Tekken (2010), Wonder Woman (2017) and Furious 7 (2015).

Brazillian

21. Tego Calderon

Actor | Fast Five

Tego Calderón was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, in 1972. He grew up in Río Grande and Carolina, areas of Puerto Rico that maintain some of the strongest Afro-Caribbean influences on the island. Throughout his childhood Calderón was exposed by his parents to the groundbreaking music of salsa legend...

Puerto Rican

22. Roberto Clemente

Self | 1971 National League Championship Series

Known for his hitting prowess on offense and his strong, accurate throwing arm on defense, Roberto Clemente carved out a Hall of Fame career over his 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, compiling a .317 lifetime batting average and collecting an even 3,000 hits. He was the National League's ...

Puerto Rican

23. Pelé

Actor | Victory

Simply he was, and for many people still is, the greatest football player of the world. Not a single thing was impossible for him: he won three World Cup with his National Team of Brazil (Sweden 1958, Chile 1962, Mexico 1970). He scored more than 1.200 goals during his long career (more than 1.300 ...

Brazillian

24. Taís Araújo

Actress | Cheias de Charme

Taís Araújo was born on November 25, 1978 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Taís Bianca Gama de Araújo. She is an actress, known for Sparkling Girls (2012), Xica da Silva (1996) and Shades of Sin (2004). She has been married to Lázaro Ramos since June 9, 2011. They have two children.

Brazillian

25. Paola Menacho

Actress | Everlasting

Most people would be content with fame and success in their native region of the world, but Paola Menacho is a global superstar in the making. Her flawless beauty, captivating presence and unique, commanding spirit are sure measures to universal success.

Born in Bolivia's capitol of La Paz and ...

Half Afro-Bolivian

26. Jessy Terrero

Casting_department | Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

The Dominican-born, Bronx-raised award-winning filmmaker and director Jessy Terrero has one goal and reason he founded Cinema Giants in 2014 -- to take the Urban Latino culture and influences that inspire him to the masses through provocative and genuine video storytelling. His mission is to create...

Dominican

27. Kat DeLuna

Soundtrack | Confessions of a Shopaholic

Kathleen Emperatriz DeLuna (born November 26, 1987) is a Dominican-American singer, songwriter and dancer. DeLuna began pursuing a career as a singer when she was a teenager. After signing with Epic Records, she released her debut single "Whine Up" in 2007. The single went on to become a commercial...

Dominican

28. Judy Reyes

Actress | Scrubs

Judy Reyes was born on November 5, 1967 in Bronx, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for Scrubs (2001), Devious Maids (2013) and The Circle (2017). She was previously married to Edwin M. Figueroa.

Dominican

29. Don Omar

Soundtrack | Fast Five

William Omar Landrón Rivera is the oldest son of William Landrón and Luz Antonia Rivera. He was raised in Santurce, a barrio of San Juan, Puerto Rico, specifically in the Villa Palmeras area. From an early age, he showed interest in the music of Vico C and Brewley MC, but never actually followed it...

Puerto Rican

30. Sumi Mota

Actress | The Kids Are Asleep

Sumi Mota is an actress, known for The Kids Are Asleep, Me, You, & Him (2015) and Gangs of LA 1991 (2009).

Dominican

31. Amaury Nolasco

Actor | Prison Break

Amaury Nolasco was born on December 24, 1970 in Puerto Rico as Amaury Nolasco Garrido. He is an actor and producer, known for Prison Break (2005), Transformers (2007) and A Good Day to Die Hard (2013).

Puerto Rican

32. Lupita Nyong'o

Actress | 12 Years a Slave

Lupita Amondi Nyong'o was born March 1, 1983 in Mexico City, Mexico, to Kenyan parents, Dorothy Ogada Buyu and Peter Anyang' Nyong'o. Her father, a senator, was then a visiting lecturer in political science. She was raised in Kenya. At age 16, her parents sent her back to Mexico for seven months to...

Mexican-born Kenyan

33. David Ortiz

Actor | Patriots Day

David Ortiz was born on November 18, 1975 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic as David Americo Ortiz Arias. He is an actor and producer, known for Patriots Day (2016), Check Mate (2012) and American Masters (1985). He has been married to Tiffany Brick since November 16, 2002. They have three ...

Dominican

34. Selenis Leyva

Actress | Spider-Man: Homecoming

Selenis Leyva was born on May 26, 1972. She is known for her work on Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Orange Is the New Black (2013) and The Place Beyond the Pines (2012).

Cuban & Dominican

35. China Shavers

Actress | Not Another Teen Movie

China Shavers was born on June 16, 1977. She is an actress and producer, known for Not Another Teen Movie (2001), The Glass House (2001) and Beginners (2010).

Dominican & Panamanian

36. Amara La Negra

Actress | Bendecidas

Amara La Negra is an actress, known for Bendecidas, Fall Girls (2019) and BET X: Live! (2018).

Dominican

37. Cardi B

Actress | Jennifer Lopez Feat. DJ Khaled, Cardi B: Dinero

Cardi B was born on October 11, 1992 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar. She is an actress, known for Jennifer Lopez Feat. DJ Khaled, Cardi B: Dinero (2018), Cardi B feat. Bad Bunny & J Balvin: I Like It (2018) and Bruno Mars Feat. Cardi B: Finesse - Remix ...

Dominican



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